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on taxes. democrats was soset the limit at $250, 000, let the tush of bush tax cuts expire for people making more than that. republicansment that limit to be higher, and they're also far apart on estate taxes. they will meet with their caucuses later today and at that point we expect they're going to tell their members they just weren't able to make out a deal on this. >> o'donnell: major, you have been talking to the white house. >> reporter: the fiscal cliff preoccupation hab about taxes but there's another part, across-the-board cuts, and they are preparing to send out furlough noticees, and apply want quester. >> o'donnell: the white house is preparing to do that? >> reporter: it that's. because the deadline is approaching. it cannot reasonably ignore the law, and misapplying. so it is now preparing to send out a variety of notices to federal contractors, the contract is suspended or canceled. or to tell various agency the-- the t.s.a., f.a.a., all through the federal government, lay people off, this is real, because they seaport negotiations are not getting anywhere near a deal a
steps away from the fiscal cliff. the automatic tax increases and spending cuts kick in january 1 unless lawmakers find some common ground. cbs reporter danielle nottingham on what both sides are saying about the looming deadline. >> reporter: congressional leaders met with president obama at the white house, trying to avoid the automatic tax hikes and spending cuts set to kick in january 1. the president reminded lawmakers there's not much time left. >> we're now at the point where, in just four days, every american's tax rates are scheduled to go up by law. >> reporter: senators harry reid and mitch mcconnell returned to the senate floor, pledging to work through the weekend. >> we are engaged in discussions, the majority leader and myself and the white house, in hopes that we can come forward as early as sunday and have a recommendation. >> we're gonna do the best we can for the caucuses we have and the country that's waiting for us to make a decision. >> reporter: democratic and republican leaders have agreed to extend jobless benefits and some tax increases. but the income threshol
automatic tax increases and spending cuts come january 1. the president spoke to the nation this evening after an hourlong meeting with congressional leaders at the white house. democrat and republican leaders have agreed to extend jobless benefits and some tax increases. they appear to remain deadlocked on who exactly will pay those higher taxes. wo have two reports tonight, beginning with major garrett at the white house. major, good evening. >> reporter: good evening, jeff. two things are clear tonight arat were not clear this morning: progress is real, and if a deal is reached, it will be ir smaller than any of the key players envisioned only a couple weeks ago. is this deal, if it's to be reached, will not be the so- called grand bargain with trillions of dollars of deficit lionction. in fact, jeff, it's not even clear this deal-- again, if there is one-- would stop the across-the-board spending cuts ulr the defense department and peher government programs. it looks like those cuts will go forward. what the president said today is 24 hours from now the senate leaders have to have a
taxes would increase $2,400 a year for families with an annual income of $50,000 to $75,000. their social security taxes would also go up on average $1,000 a year. and some 2 million jobless americans stand to lose their fed caleral unemployment benefits. in all, the congressional budget office says going over the cliff could cost the country more than 3 million jobs in 2013. we begin our coverage with nancy cordes on capitol hill. good morning. >> reporter: good morning. the senate is set to reconvene in about an hour. we're told negotiations progressed well last night, that the vice president is now heavily involved and that the two sides have moved significantly towards one another on the top issue, which is tax cuts. but the big question is whether they can make it the rest of the way before tonight's deadline. senators filled the halls sunday hoping they'd have a deal to vote on, but just before 6:00, the senate leader sent them home. >> there's still significant distance between the two sides but negotiations continue. >> reporter: those talks hit
, millions could lose unemployment benefits and nearly everyone's taxes can go up. >>> nobody expected a massive rescue when one man, could not sweupb, fell into the ice into frigid water. how six people ended up being pulled from that water. >>> good evening. an out of control car goes into a funeral home. it was at the scene where the crash disrupted a funeral in progress. >> 5 feet that car came from us. >> reporter: a close call for a group of funeral attendees. a car crashed into the service. >> five seconds after i entered the side room we heard what we thought was a earthquake and turned around and saw the car goes through the front of the building -- go through the front of the building. >> reporter: the speed limit along the road is 40 miles an hour. the teenage driver was going over that. possibly racing the other car. >> during the course of the speed contest there my have been a lane change that may of led to it. >> reporter: it happens the service was for a freelance photographer who died from cancer. he want by the name radar and worked with a newspaper hathat covered
in automatic spending increases and tax cuts is all but gone. spending would be reduced and cuts would be felt in all areas of the government. economies have warned that going over the cliff would cause a spike in unemployment and trigger another recession. this morning the senate reconvenes with the aim of reaching a smaller deal, one that might spare millions of americans from paying her taxes. danielle nottingham reporting now from washington. >> lawmakers are still working on it. >> i want everyo one to know i' willing to get this done but i need dance partner. >> the main sticking point between democrats and republicans continues to be over the threshold of tax increases. president obama campaigned on raising taxes on income over $250,000 while many congressional republicans have pushed back against any tax increases. president obama is placing the blame for the impasse on the gop. >> they say that their biggest priority is making sure that we deal with the deficit in a serious way, but the way they're behaving is that their only priority is making sure that tax breaks for the wealthiest
the between democrats and republicans continues to be over the threshold of tax increases. president obama campaigned on raising taxes on income over $250,000. while many congressional republicans have pushed back against any tax increases. president obama is placing the blame for the impasse on the gop. >> they say that their biggest priority is making sure we deal with the deficit in a serious way. but the way they're behaving is that their only provide or the is making sure that tax breaks for the wealthiest americans are protected. >> reporter: but senators say there is some movement on the issue. >> there's a lot of give and take going on right now. but republicans don't want to see new revenues -- in other words, democrat tax increases -- being used for new spending. >> reporter: the president has said if there is no deal by the end of the day, the senate should draw up legislation to extend the bush-era tax cuts for the middle class. >> there should be an up-or- down vote. everybody have should a right to vote on that. if republicans don't like it, they can vote no. but i actually t
are one day over from americans getting tax hikes. randall pinkston is live with the lack of opt -- optimism. >> reporter: yes, but the senate and house are in town. unusual between new year's and christmas for that to happen. one senator is calling it not a great attitude in congress right now. >> senator? >> reporter: 7 tors arrived to continue last-minute negotiations hours before the nation is set to fall off of the so-called fiscal cliff. after a day of intense talks, senate majority leader, harry reid said there will not be a deal tonight. >> there is a distance between the two sides, tpheg orbingiations continue. >> if republicans and democrats can not strike a deal, taxes will go up for almost every american, automatic cuts will kick in and millions will loose unemployment benefits. >> i want everyone to know i am will willing to get this done but i need a dance partner. >> they quickly cut the deficit by slowing the growth of social security but the senate says there is a little bit of movement when they are compromising which americans should should get ready to pay
on a deal to avoid tax increases that would affect nearly every american starting this week. with late details, here's nancy cordes. >> reporter: good evening. the two sides were trading offers and counteroffers all weekend long but they hit a wall on saturday night. and at this point it's difficult to tell whether the holdup is the fact that they are too far apart or that they're very close. >> i'm concerned about the lack of urgency here. >> reporter: the most recent offer came from republican senate leader mitch mcconnell at 7:00 p.m. saturday night. democrats promised they would get back to him this morning. but they didn't. >> it's now 2 p.m., and we've yet to receive a response to our good faith offer. >> reporter: sell cratic leader harry reid said the gulf over taxes was still too wide. and he signaled the white house might be tying his hands. >> i've had a number of conversations with the president. and this stage we're not able to make the counteroffer. >> reporter: so senator mcconnell called the vice president who he served with in the senate for 24 years. the two men spoke
are trying to hammer out an 11th hour compromise to save all americans from the tax hike. tara shows us the deal they're considering only kicks the can down the road. again. >> reporter: senate republican leader mitch mcconnell left the capitol tight-lipped but smiling after working behind closed doors to avoid the so- called fiscal cliff. he and majority leader harry reid are working on a scaled- down agreement that focuses on avoiding a middle class tax hike. the plan is to prevent it to the full senate for a vote on sunday, then send it over to the house. house speaker john boehner was also at the capitol but left with no comment. both sides remain at odds over the democrats' insistence that the wealthy pay more in taxes. >> the president's tax hike would only fund the government for eight days. americans deserve to know, what does the president propose we do for the other 357 days of the year? >> reporter: president obama insists his plan on the table is fair. and it includes plenty of cuts to government spending. >> we just can't afford a politically self-inflicted wound to our eco
the threshold of tax increases. president obama campaigned on raising taxes on income over $250,000. while many congressional republicans have pushed back against any tax increases. president obama is placing the blame for the impasse on the gop. >> they say that their biggest priority is making sure that we deal with the deficit in a serious way but the way they're behaving is that their only priority is making sure that tax breaks for the wealthiest americans are protected. >> reporter: but senators say there is some movement on the issue. >> there's a lot of give and take going on right now but republicans don't want to see new revenues -- in other words, democrat tax increases -- be used for new spending. >> reporter: the president said if there is no deal by the end of the day, the senate should draw up legislation to extend the bush-era tax cuts for the middle class. >> there should be an up-or- down vote. everybody should have a right to vote on that. if republicans doesn't like it they can vote no but i think there is a majority support to make sure that middle class families are held h
the bush era tax cuts, which if unchanged will expire and raise taxes on all americans. starting tuesday, the average tax hike will be three to 5% per person. >> let's keep taxes exactly where they are on the first $250,000 of everybody's income. >> reporter: the president campaigned to increase taxes only on families making more than $250,000 per year. almost two weeks ago, the president offered a compromise to raise taxes only on income above 400,000, hoping that might win republican support. >> i have gone at least halfway. >> reporter: the senate is also negotiating an extension of unemployment benefits for some 2 million jobless americans, without a deal those checks will stop next week for this mother of five who has been searching for work since february. >> if congress does not extend the unemployment benefits, then i would be without a home and i really don't know what else we would do. >> reporter: the deal under discussion in the senate right now doesn't even include the biggest part of the fiscal cliff, that 1.2 trillion dollars in mandatory budget cuts, spending cuts that ar
on tax cuts for americans. the last best hope for a deal may rest in the senate. yesterday senator lindsey graham said he would vote for a revenue increase including a tax hike, but he doesn't like it. >> hikes are part of the solution driven by the president but he's going to get tax rate hikes. to my republican colleagues, if we can protect 99% of the americans from a tax hike, that is not a tax increase in my books. >> if there's no deal on new year's day, households between $50,000 and $75,000 will see an increase of $2,399. meanwhile households with $5 money,0 $00,000 to 1 mill could see an crease of $3900. >>> overseas an attack on americans in afghanistan. police officers, over 50 have been killed by police and soldiers this year. >>> in syria a british-based human rights group said over 60 people were killed when there was an attack on a backry. yesterday's air strike was an apparent retaliation for new rebel offensive. elizabeth palmer visited the town in southern syria that's alive with assad regime. >> reporter: conflict has engulfed syria over the past 21 months from on
and we are one day away from americans getting tax hikes from the fiscal cliff. >> reporter: senators arrived at the capitol to continue last- minute negotiations hours before the nation is set to fall off of the cliff. after a day of intense talks, senate majority leader, reid, said there will not be a deal tonight. >> this is still distance between the two sides. negotiations continue. >> reporter: if republicans and democrats can not strike a deal before midnight on monday, taxes will go up for almost every american. automatic spending cuts will kick in and millions will lose unemployment benefits. >> i want everyone to know i want to get it done but i need a dance partner. >> reporter: republicans introduced but with drew the proposal. senators say there is movement as both sides try to compromise about which americans should start paying a higher tax rate. >> this is far too much at stake for political gamesmanship. >> in an unusual move, republicans called on the nation's number 2 democrat, vice president joe biden to help with the negotiation. >> >> they say the biggest thing
tax hikes and spending cuts set to kick in january 1st. the president called the meeting constructive, but reminded lawmakers there's not much time left. >> we're now at the point where in just four days every americans' tax rates are scheduled to go up by law. >>reporter: senators harry reid and mitch mcconnell returned to the senate floor, pledging to work through the weekend. >> we are engaged in discussions, the majority leader and myself and the white house, in the hopes that we can come forward as early as sunday and have a recommendation. >> we're going to do the best we can for the congresses we have and for the country that's waiting for us to make a decision. >>reporter: democratic and republican leaders have agreed to extend jobless benefits and some tax increases, but the income threshold is not yet clear. the president and senate leaders are expressing optimism that they'll get the job done, but the president has a backup plan just in case. >> if an agreement isn't reached in time between senator reid and senator mcconnell, then i will urge senator reid to bring to the
are an attempt to reach a last minute agreement to avoid automatic spending cuts and tax increases due to kick in january 1st. >> probably the worst case scenario will come out of this meeting today and that is we will kick the can down the road. >> reporter: senator bob courter told cbs this morning he predicts the meeting will bring only a temporary solution. >> this afternoon's meeting feels much to me like optics to make it look like we're doing something. let me just say one more time this is a total dereliction of duty at every level. >> reporter: going over the cliff would affect 88% of u.s. taxpayers whose taxes would go up on average $3,500 a year. many americans are frustrated the showdown has gone down to the last minute. >> they're playing games with people's lives. i don't think that's correct. >> it's just unfortunate that at this point the two sides can't come together because it's been like that for the last four or five years. >> reporter: 2 million americans will also lose jobless benefits on saturday if a deal isn't reached and the nation's borrowing limit to finance our
on the fiscal cliff. we're just five days until the country tumbles into automatic tax hikes and spending cuts. the president has scheduled a meeting tomorrow with congressional leaders. cbs 5 reporter danielle nottingham on efforts to break the jam in washington. >> reporter: top congressional leaders are expected to meet with president obama at the white house friday. this would be the group's first face-to-face meeting since november 16, and a last-minute chance to avoid the so-called fiscal cliff. if no deal is reached, taxes will go up for nearly every american. senators reconvened thursday with tensions spilling over onto the floor. each side accused the other of stalling. >> speaker boehner is unwilling to negotiate. we've not heard a word from mcconnell. nothing is happening. >> the phone never rang. and so now here we are, five days from the new year. and we might finally start talking. >> reporter: senate majority leader harry reid skewered house speaker john boehner, charging he's more interested in his leadership position than in bipartisan legislation. >> the speaker's no. 1 goal
is resolved by midnight, tax rates for all americans will increase and democrats say it means about $2,000 for the average middle class family. >> one mom said to me in michigan, that's four months groceries. that's commuting back and forth to work and gas for up to three years. i mean, that's a lot of money. >> reporter: democrats want higher taxes on families earning $250,000 a year and over. republicans want tax rates to stay where they are. taxes seem to be the biggest obstacle to a compromise but others want to government -- others want to see government spending put in check. >> the president is doing nothing about the addiction that his administration, he is the spender in chief. >> reporter: president obama says he is willing to do that. >> i offered over a trillion dollars in additional spending cuts so we would have $2 cuts for every $1 of increased revenue. >> senate is in recess. >> reporter: the senate reconvenes at 11 a.m. so as americans celebrate the beginning of 2013 they may wake up wishing it was 2012 when they had more money in their pockets. andrew spencer reporti
about boots on the ground, american tax dollars. i'm just talking about paying attention this and using the leverage of the moral authority of the united states to save lives. >> schieffer: that's happen? what would you like to see happen? >> i think the first thing that has to happen is there needs to be security in this country. right now, there is a u.n. peacekeeping force of about 17,000 soldiers that is complete feckless. they really haven't done anything. their mandate is to protect civilians. they haven't done that. they need a leadership change and a mandate change and they need to be completely reevaluated. in a larger sense, this is a country that needs security sector reform. they have no real functioning army. the army as it exists preys on the population rather than defending. the army is responsible for 40% of the rapes in the country. there is no judicial system, no functioning police system. those are the things that need to be rehabilitated to begin with so you can create a space to develop a civil society. >> schieffer: you know, you are interested in a lot more than f
, have not returned. in just six days, a 2% payroll tax is set to expire, along with the bush-era tax cuts, shrinking the average person's paycheck in 2013 by about $1500. long-term unemployment benefits for about two million jobless americans are also set to expire. and 110 billion worth of spending cuts to both domestic and defense programs will start to kick in, forcing layoffs in the public sector and for some private sector government contractors. economists predict that if congress doesn't act, all those cuts and new taxes will push the economy back into a mild recession by mid 2013. the impact of some of these new cuts and taxes wouldn't be felt immediately on january 1. that's because the irs and other agencies didn't expect it to come to this. so it could be a few weeks before workers see more money being withheld in their paychecks. cbs news in hawaii. >>> former president george h.w. bush is in intensive care at a hospital in houston. a fever that kept mr. bush in the hospital over christmas has apparently gotten worse. doctors have him on a liquid- only diet. a bush family
tax hikes and spending cuts from taking effect january the 1st. andrew spencer with the very latest from washington. >> reporter: some republican lawmakers say president wants the country to fall over the cliff. >> we were going over the cliff before. that's what the president wants. >> john boehner failed to get vets in on thursday. that would have raised taxes on people earning more than a million dollars a year. on friday speaker painer and the president left with no deal, each making a parting pitch. >> i asked leaders of congress to work toward a package that prevents a tax hike on middle- class americans, protects insurance for 2 million americans and laze the groundwork for further work on both growth and deficit reduction. >> the president's -- it would hurt jobs. >> reporter: the partisan bickering has put the country on the brink of a potential economic crisis. some long-time lawmakers dismid- by the perpetual gridlock. >> the first time i feel it's more likely we will go over the cliff than not; and if we allow that to happen, it will be the most colossal consequential
cliff, tax hikes and spending cuts set to take effect next year. if lawmakers don't reach a deal to avoid it, consumers could see higher taxes eating into their paychecks. even online sales suffered. compared to past years of double-digit growth, this year, online holiday sales rose only about 8%, compared to nearly 16% last year. overall, holiday spending accounts for up to 30% of retailers' annual sales, so the disappointing season is a concern for an economy struggling to recover. >> consumers need to have more confidence. consumers need to feel that their jobs are secure. it's not an ideal situation. it's more of a conservative, cautious time. and companies are managing carefully, consumers are spending carefully. >> reporter: retailers are now hoping to lure consumers with deep discounts of 75% to 80% off in some cases as they try to salvage profits from this lackluster holiday shopping season. jim. >> axelrod: so, elaine, this is the first set of holiday shopping numbers that we've seen. any chance that they'll be revised as we get more data in? >> reporter: absolutely. the
weapons. >> glor: margaret brennan, thank you. there are eight days now until fhe fiscal cliff of big tax increases for most americans. and across-the-board spending cuts in the federal budget. even with congress adjourned and president obama out of town, erme lawmakers today talked about a last minute deal. >> my own belief is what we ought to do is take speaker boehner's last offer, the president's last offer, split the difference. that would be a package of about $2.6 trillion. you couple that with the 1.1 trillion already done. that would be close to the $4 trillion we need to stabilize the debt and begin to bring it down. >> i would vote for revenues, including tax rate hikes even ugh ih i don't like them, to get a-- to save the country from becoming greece, tax rate hikes are part of the solution driven by the president. but he's going to get tax rate hikes. ratey republican colleagues, if we can protect 99% of the american public from a tax hike that is not a tax increase in my books. >> glor: with christmas just two nuys away last minute gift buyers are out. today shopper track sa
, nearly every american will see a tax increase. we have two reports on the stalemate, beginning with nancy cordes on capitol hill. nancy. >> reporter: jeff, democratic aides tell cbs news that senate majority leader harry reid is ready to introduce legislation that would avert the fiscal cliff, but only if he gets assurances from republican leaders that they won't try to block it. that standoff is creating some tension on capitol hill that spilled on to the senate floor today. >> the senate will come to order. >> reporter: in the normally genteel senate, leader reid unleashed a tirade today about house speaker john boehner, accusing him of running a dictatorship in the house. >> speaker boehner is not willing to negotiate. we have not heard a word from leader mcconnell. nothing is happening. >> reporter: mitch mcconnell, the top republican in the senate, said it's reid who hasn't reached out for weeks. >> the phone never rang. and so now here we are, five days from the new year, and we might finally start talking. >> reporter: but talking about what? so far, reid has not introduced the sca
tax hike. the plan is to present it to the senate for a vote on sunday and then send it over to the house. house speaker john boehner was at the capitol but left with no comment. the democrats insist the wealthy pay more in taxes. >> the president's tax hike would only fund the government for l days. americans deserve to know what does the president propose we do for the over 357 days of the year. sdmrsz -- >> president omaba insists his plan on the table is fair and includes plenty of cuts to government spending. >> we just afford a wound to our economy. >> if sunday's negotiations don't pan out the president says he's red to -- he's ready to propose his own scaled back bill that would preserve expiring unemployment benefits. >> with the deficit ticking higher -- >> it's disgusting. >> miss ing in all the last minute negotiations is talk of the 1.2 trillion in mandatory spending cuts scheduled to go into effect tuesday. >> the fiscal cliff count down is the big topic on this morning's fogs the morning -- face the nation. there's two big visitors. it starts right after this
. with just five days until the combination of automatic tax increases and spending cuts that could send the economy back into recession, mr. obama wants congress to take the lead in getting the job done. the senate convenes later today and senate majority leader harry reid told members to be prepared to address fiscal cliff issues through the weekend. reid is working on his own plan to get lawmakers to come together before the end of the year deadline. that plan would likely include letting the bush tax cuts expire for households making more than $250,000 a year and short term spending cuts instead of the massive long-term cuts that would happen if there is no deal. after our wednesday conference call, house republican leaders issued a statement saying they were waiting for the democratic controlled senate. the house will take this action on whatever the senate can pass they said but the senate first must act. in a sign of public frustration over the lack of a deal the coffee giant starbucks is asking employees in approximately 120 washington area cafes to write t
threshold that would see tax increases. the president as we know wanted to see those tax increases for households making more than $250,000 while the speaker wants the increase to start at a million dollars. so they have a long way to go. i'm grace lee, cbs 5. >>> wall street isn't putting faith in washington. the dow lost 158 points today. its five-day losing streak is the longest since july. the nasdaq and s&p 500 also closed down. >>> police pulled over a bmw for speeding. but before the officer could walk up to write the ticket, the driver floored it and tried to get away. moments later, the bmw slammed into another car a few blocks away from bishop o'dowd high school. cbs 5 reporter da lin tells us an innocent person was killed because of another's recklessness. >> reporter: it started at 98th and bancroft. two chp officers patrolling the streets of oakland pulled over a bmw for speeding. the driver initially stopped but once the officers got out of their car, investigators say the bmw sped away. less than a mile away, the chp says the driver of the silver bmw m6 broadsided a
can't compromise, tax hikes will kick in, the tax policy center said families making $50,000 a year will have to pay $2,400 more in taxes. >>> the excon who lured firefighters to their deaths left a note saying he wanted to burn down the neighborhood and do what i like doing best, killing people. >> we are being shot at. multiple fireman down, i'm shot. >> that was a call that a wounded firefighter made, william spangler burned his home yesterday and waited for first responders. he was armed a gun, a shot gun and a rifle. he opened fire when crews arrived. arrived. two firefighters were killed. >> just always there for you. you just take them for granted. you don't -- >> two more wounded are still in the hospital on this christmas day. spangler took his own life. his rifle is the same make and caliber weapon used by the newtown shooter. >>> families in connecticut are trying to find solace on this christmas day. the town is still reeling from the shooting that killed 26 people at the sandy hook elementary more than a week ago. residents say it's important to still celebrate chri
the "fiscal cliff." they have less than five days to come to agreement before tax hikes and spending cuts kick in. senate majority leader harry reid has a plan to let tax cuts expire for households making more than $250,000 a year along with short-term spending cuts instead of the long-term cuts that would happen if there is nodule. >> the american people are waiting for the ball to drop but it's not going to be a good drop because americans' taxes are approaching the wrong direction. >> reporter: negotiations between president obama and house republican leaders stalled last week. the house is now leaving it up to the democratic-controlled senate to solve the problem before the new year deadline. in addition to the "fiscal cliff," treasury secretary timothy geithner warned congress that the u.s. is close to hitting its debt limit of $16.4 trillion. geithner saved the government will take steps to allow more burrough after december 31. danielle nottingham, cbs news, washington. >>> let's look now at the markets. stocks fell sharply by 55 and change. the drop is attributed to consumer confidence
on taxes and spending. for the latest let's go to chief correspondent at the white house major garrett. good morning. >> good morning, rebecca. president obama met with the four top leaders yesterday. he met for just over an hour. now, earlier in the fiscal cliff talks, meetings like this had tended to be tense and nonproductive but this meeting gave rise to hopes of a last-minute deal. for the first time in weeks president obama reported genuine progress to averting some part of the so-called fiscal cliff. >> i'm modestly in agreement we'll achieve. >> they're now chasing a much smaller deal than originally sought. the final product if there is one will not include trillions in debt reduction or federal spending or tax code reform. it won't even include across the board spending cuts. it will focus on tax rates and a few spending items. >> that's the bearare minimum we should be able to get done. >> sidelined for now. house speaker john boehner. as they left they sounded like they were closing in on a compromise. >> think it was a very positive meeting. there was
house and congressional leaders to reach a budget deal to avoid tax increases for nearly every american. president obama is on vacation in hawaii, and that's where we find nancy cordes tonight. nancy, what can you tell us? >> well, jim, still no conversations today between owmocrats and republicans on how to avert the fiscal cliff, which is a sure sign that the senate majority leader, harry reid, a democrat, is working on crafting legislation on his own that he would essentially dare house and senate republicans to oppose. his legislation would likely extend the bush-era tax cuts for households making less than 250,000 a year. it might also include enough short-term spending cuts to temporarily offset for, say, six or eight months, the indiscriminate across-the-board spending cuts that are set to go into effect on january 1. yis bill would also try to tie up some year-end loose ends by extending long-term unemployment benefits, patching the alternative minimum tax that duds up hitting so many middle class families, and preventing a mbg scheduled drop-off in thdicare reimbursement rates
worries about the impact of if fiscal cliff tax increases that will pame with the end of the year. >> come january we're going to hit economic hangover when taxes are going to go up and everyone and ebe miserable. >> reporter: analysts say sales ana been strong this holiday season partly because many retailers started cutting prices ngrly. that meant bargains for christmas shoppers but, jeff, may mean lower profits for the jefes. >> glor: john blackstone, thank rou. john mentioned the fiscal cliff. tinight we've learned democrats emocraw moving ahead on their hei plan to avoid it now that talks have broken down with john boehner. white house and congressional leaders have until january 1 to lork out a budget deal. resident obama is in hawaii on udget dn. nancy cordes is there as well. nancy, good evening. nancy, goor: jeff, this would : sentially be a last-ditch effort to avert the fiscal ially be sources tell us that aides to the president have been in talks preliminary talks, with aides to senate majority leader harry elf who himself was here in hawaii this weekend for the funeral of se
a deal to avoid the massive automatic tax hikes and spending cuts known as the fiscal cliff. >> president obama spent christmas day visiting with troops in hawaii. >> while back in washington uncertainty about the looming fiscal cliff continues. there has been to communication between republicans and democrats about how to avoid going over the cliff. before the christmas break, speaker john boehner was unable to get enough support from respects to pass his plan and help said it was up to the white house and the senate to avert the cliff. so now harry reid is believed to be crafting a plan of his own. it's expected to extend bush-era tax cuts. it would also include short-term spending cuts instead of the massive cuts that would occur if there is no deal. it would also patch up the alternative minimum tax that will hit even more middle class families and schedule a drop off for doctors. >> if republicans do give in and support the deal being put together by harry reid that deal is expected to be far less favorable than the potential deal they had been work
on christmas working on a scaled-down plan to avoid tax hikes for all about the wealthiest americans. his plan would include short term spending cuts instead of long-term deals that had been sought. >>> from hawaii. comes word that president obama will cut short vacation and return to washington later today to take part in "fiscal cliff" negotiations. christmas day the president and first lady met with servicemembers and their families. the president told the marines he was grateful for their service and posed pour pictures. >>> recent college graduates are having a tough time getting jobs in their desired lines of work. according to the latest u.s. census figures about 2 60,000 young adults with college degrees in california are working in food service and retail. >> couldn't get a job in the field that i wanted to so i figured i have to start at the bottom. >> without higher paying jobs, it's that much harder for graduates to pay back student loans weapon tuition rising across the nation. >>> the holiday season isn't what it used to be for american oh. a new poll suggests a lot of people are
can be assured that at some point over the next short period of time, their income taxes are going to be the same but this congress as you know has been more prepared than any to deal with the big issues our nation faces and what you're seeing is a lack of courage to deal with the spending issues. unfortunately, you know today the average american doesn't realize that there's 40% of government services that they're not paying for. only one-third of medicare is paid for by those people who actually use it and because there's been this charade going on, where the left and right basically have conspired together to shield the american people from the true cost of government, we really don't have any constituency here to help reduce spending because we have not dealt with that issue, there's been no progress on the entitlement spending this is unfortunately going to carry on to the debt ceiling debate and what that means is every american is going to be harmed because the economy is not going to be what it should be. so because we have lacked the courage to f
will track sack tax cuts and your forecast, coming up. >>> talk about news you can use if you're really last minute. unique gift items that can hide the fact they were bought on christmas eve. ,, trap -- to lure firefighter >>> a developing story out of new york. this home was set on fire and used as a trap to lure firefighters. police say a gunman set the fire and waited for help to arrive. he then started shooting. two firefighters were killed. two others survived. >> cbs reporter jennifer lewis hall is learning more about the firefighters and the man who killed them. >> reporter: firefighters rush to this early morning fire near new york and were met by bullets. police say the 62-year-old lit a home and car on fire so he could lure first responders to the scene and shoot them. two firefighters were killed in the ambush. two more were injured. with crews under attack the flames burned out of control jumping from home to home. >> i am not aware of anything like this in my 23 years. >> a s.w.a.t. team was called in and police say soon after that the gunman took his own life. crews put out th
later this week. there is only a week left to avoid tax hikes and spending cuts that will impact almost every american. tonight it appears democrat senate leader harry reid may take the lead in crafting a comp mice to prevent tax hikes on at least the middle class. the president was in hawaii for the funeral of senator daniel minoli. >>> one of the president's last acts before leaving washington caught some holiday travelers offguard today. grace lee on how an unexpected federal holiday scuttled some christmas vacations. >> i'm really upset. at this point, i don't know what can we do now? just wait. we've been here since 7:30 in the morning. my appointment was at 9. >> reporter: stranded an christmas eve. it was the same story for dozens who were supposed to pick up pass ports today. some had confirmation numbers. >> extremely frustrating and disappointing that i'm not going to be able to see them, not for my wife's birthday or my daughter for christmas. >> reporter: the passport agency was supposed to be open today, but in a last-minute decision on friday, the president declared chris
benefits to the jobless and to maintain the bush-era middle class tax cuts but at this point can we avoid the "fiscal cliff"? it is still possible but experts say with every passing hour it becomes more difficult. >> well, we're now at the last minute. the american people are not going to have any patience for a politically self-inflicted wound to our economy. not right now. >> reporter: congressional leaders left the white house after trying to negotiate an 11th hour deal to avoid the "fiscal cliff" of tax hikes and spending cuts that begin on january 1. the president emerged shortly after admitting no deal had been reached at least not yet. >> we had a constructive meeting today. senators reid and mcconnell are discussing a potential agreement where we can get a bipartisan bill out of the senate over to the house and done in a timely fashion. >> reporter: the senate is in session today and is expected to return on sunday along with the house. >> we are engaged in discussions, the majority leader and myself and the white house, in the hopes that we can come forward as early as sunday and
, the possibility for a grand bargain to avoid across-the-board tax increases and spending cuts is all but lost, and even prospects for watered down deals seems slim. tara mergener is in washington with more. tara, good morning. >> good morning, duarte. yes. hopes for legislation to avoid the fiscal cliff now turns to the senate, but white house and republicans remain far apart. senators and staffers will be filling these empty hallways today trying to work out a deal to avoid the fiscal cliff. higher taxes will give the average american about $1,500 less to spend next year, and economists believe the $110 billion spending cuts will result in more layoffs. senator harry reid has a plan to keep taxes low for everyone making less than $250,000 a year as well as short-term spending cuts until a bigger deal can be reached. >> it is going to be a patch because in four days we can't solve everything. >> while senators try to brave the bad weather in many parts of the country in order to make it back here to washington, house leaders say they will not leave home unless the senate passes its bill first
are cobbling together a pared down agreement that at least protects the middle class from tax increases come january 1. the bill won't address the trillions in deficit reduction, sweeping reforms and federal spending, the u.s. tax code, or stop across-the-board spending cuts. in both parties' weekly addresses, it's clear a big sticking point remains. >> it's a balanced plan one that would protect the middle class, cut spending in a responsible way, and ask the wealthiest americans to pay a little more. >> the president's tax hike would only fund the government for eight days. americans deserve to know what is the president proposing we do for the other 357 days of the year. >> reporter: both the house and the senate will be in session tomorrow. the senate is expected to take the lead and vote on the scaled- back bill then send it to the house. as many americans brace for the worst, patience is running out. >> they're playing games with people's lives. and i don't think that's correct. >> reporter: even if congress manages to break the gridlock in time, more trouble is just around the corner
." >> reporter: and hope is fading that congress can get a deal done before tax hikes and spending cuts kick in january 1. >> i am not optimistic. >> reporter: even congressional leaders are skeptical. >> the american people have a right to be very upset with this congress. >> reporter: president obama has invited nancy pelosi, john boehner, mitch mcconnell and harry reid to the white house this afternoon for a "fiscal cliff" summit. >> here we are five days from the new year, and we might finally start talking. >> reporter: today's white house meeting might be the last chance to come to an agreement. that's because it takes time for a bill to work its way through both chambers of congress. >> i don't know time-wise how it can happen now. >> reporter: under senate rules the only way a bill could make its way through the procedure hurdles in time is if every senator agrees not to slow the progress. the house will be back here sunday night giving them just more than 24 hours to vote on any bill the senate works out. outside the beltway, carlino will be watching. >> everybody's kind of in a wai
for the holidays with a promise of returning in just a couple of days. only a week left to avoid tax hikes and spending cuts that will impact almost every american. now it appears democratic senate leader harry reid may take the lead in crafting a compromise to avoid tax hikes on at least the middle class which was the president's parting plea. meanwhile here in california leaders are concerned about what could happen if the tax hikes and budget cuts kick in. >> this would undo a lot of the good of the extra taxes californians are willing to invest in the schools. particularly special needs students would be cut by 10% and the meals program that so many of the californias are growing up in poverty and they need that meal. >> some county and city officials are concerned about the potential impact on health and welfare programs. >>> the dreaded fiscal cliff can potentially affect a wide range of health programs. >> cbs news' wyatt andrews explains. >> reporter: professor mallen like hundreds of medical researchers has already fallen off the fiscal cliff. her budget which relies on federal gr
connecticut shootings and possibility of higher taxes have people watching the bottom line, but here in the bay area consumer spending is following the normal trend. >> we had a spike black friday, a strong first two weeks of december, then it kind of let off and now it's back with a furry. >>reporter: a fury they hope translates to higher sales and holiday smiles. retailers count on the holiday shopping season for about 40% of yearly sales. >>> carolers in san francisco this morning. the they're collecting toys for children across the bay area. among the special appearances, the giant's world series trophy, santa, and the mayor. >> it's a great way to start christmas eve and wishing everyone a really merry christmas. >> you don't even have to go to the union square restaurant to donate. cabs are on call. just call them and they'll come to you and pick up donations. >>> how an emergency response falls into a deadly ambush. >>> how food allergies can lead to other problems at school. >>> how an extreme holiday house is turning the spirit of the season into scorn. we'll be right back.
worked on christmas at the capital on a scaled-down plan to avoid tax hikes for all but the wealthiest americans. his plan would also include short term spending cuts instead of long term deals that had been sought. >>> president obama will cut his hawaiian vacation short today and return to washington to take part in "fiscal cliff" negotiations. >>> holiday sales grew at a weak pace this year. the weakest in four years. mastercard advisors spending pulse reports that sales in the two months before christmas increased .7% over last year. a lot of analysts expected sales to be up 3 or 4%. but wait, there is more. when i worked in retail when i was in college, christmas was busy enough. but the day after christmas? it was unbelievable! cbs 5 reporter cate caugiran is in san leandro where after- christmas shopping has already started. >> reporter: yes, brian. it started at 5:00 this morning at the bay fair center in san leandro. according to a consumer reports poll about 1 in 7 adults will return a christmas gift so that's part of it. for the other part i'm joined live now with keith mchu
this is a conversation we should have had months ago. >> reporter: democrats want to extend the bush-era tax cuts to everyone except those americans making $250,000 or more a year. many republicans are against any tax increases. most americans just want something to be done. >> people are just tired of partisanship and they want everyone to come together. >> reporter: if lawmakers don't reach a deal by january 1, many economists are concerned it could eventually lead to another recession. i'm ed payne reporting. >>> president obama appears to have more backing from the public in budget negotiations. a gallup tracking poll released wednesday gives mr. obama 54% support compared to 26% for house speaker john boehner. >>> 5:02. a looming dock worker strike threatens to hurt the economy, as well. longshoremen are locked in negotiations with shipping companies over royalties paid to workers for each ton of cargo they move. a shutdown would impact 15 ports along the east coast and the gulf and officials estimate it will cost $1 billion a day. >>> 5:03. let's check traffic and weather. we had a break ye
leaders nancy pelosi, john boehner, mitch mcconnell and harry reid to reach agreements before tax hikes and spending cuts kick in january 1. >> we have been asking the president and the democrats to work with us on a bipartisan agreement for months. >> i don't know time wise how it can happen now. >> reporter: the senate majority leader wants house republicans to return from their vacations to approve a democratic senate plan that extends tax cuts for families making less than $250,000 a year. >> that's the only option that is viable escape route. >> reporter: but republican leaders say it's up to democrats who control the senate and white house to avert the "fiscal cliff." >> republicans aren't about to write a blank check for anything senate democrats put forward just because we find ourselves at the edge of the cliff. >> reporter: house members will return to capitol hill on sunday and could begin voting that night. they would have about 24 hours to approve a deal. adding to the urgency, treasury secretary timothy geithner warned congress that the nation's debt limit will be reached
fiscal package. it would extend the bush era tax cuts for households making less than $250,000, extend long-term unemployment, short-term spending cuts, and make a scheduled drop in medicare reimbursement to doctors. house speaker john boehner said they've had no communication with senator reid. >>> the exconwho ambushed and killed two volunteer firefighters in upstate new york may have murdered his sister. her body was found yesterday, and police say william spamglor had the same kind of military rifle used in the connecticut school massacre. he left behind a chilling note. >> reporter: the christmas eve fire in western new york burned seven homes to the ground, but police say william spangler wanted to do much worse. he planned to burn down the entire neighborhood and "do what i like doing best, killing people." the 62-year-old shot at firefighters from a nearby bank. he killed two of them before taking his own life. police found his note and three guns, including a bushmaster rifle, similar to the weapon used m connecticut school shooting. >> he is a convicted felon. he had murdered
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